Category: Audio

The best wireless Bluetooth earbuds: After much searching, they actually exist.

I was looking to track down the best wireless Bluetooth earbuds for a holiday gift for my audiophile boyfriend and wow, who knew it would be so hard. I’ve been really happy with all kinds of wireless over-ear headphones I’ve tried out, but wireless earbuds? They tend to have a lot of issues, or at least a lot of conflicting reviews.  So I visited my favorite tech review sites (besides this one), read reviews across tons of tech retailer websites, and after far too many hours of research and comparison, I settled on a pair of NuForce BE6 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds by Optoma. Score! Related:...

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The gorgeous SoundBlaster Roar 2 speaker proves that bigger isn’t always better

This nice fall weather is making me want to take our entertaining outside, so the kids can run around and play while the parents can sit on the porch with a mug of hot cider (or something stronger) and chat. But since it’s kind of sad to have the background music faintly drifting in from across the house — or worse, playing on our cell phones — it feels like the new must-have tech gadget in any home these days is some kind of portable Bluetooth speaker. Lately I’ve been using the SoundBlaster Roar 2 which offers  huge sound, despite its small, portable size. Party saved. The SoundBlaster Roar 2...

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The Sound Cover speaker boosts your iPad volume by 400%. We’ll let you decide if that’s a good thing.

We’ve gotten to the point where my kids watch most of their shows and movies on our iPad. The sound is fine when just one of them is using it at a time, but when they’re trying to share it — which is a feat in and of itself — the sound can be tricky. So I’ve been excited to try out the very cool iPad Sound Cover by Onanoff. This hard case for your iPad Air claims to boost the sound so loud that you’ll be able to hear it across the house. We’ll let you decide for yourself whether that’s a pro or a con....

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Kids volume-limiting headphone smackdown: Comparing 6 pairs under $30 to help kids keep that awful YouTube parody song to themselves.

We have officially entered the “please turn that music off” stage of parenting. Yay. (Sarcasm.) We have been lucky to try various kids’ headphones over the years, and I’ve compared some of the top affordable headphones for kids. They’re all under $30 and worth comparing to see if they suit your needs, whether you’re looking for a little peace and quiet in the back seat of the car, in the living room while you work from home, on a cross-country plane ride, or who knows — maybe while they watch an hour of educational videos for homework. It could happen. Just know that all...

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4 Eco-friendly headphones we love. Now you can save the planet while you listen.

When I think about high-tech headphones, I don’t usually associate them with natural materials like wood. But some big brands are now making eco-friendly headphones that sound amazing with beautiful, earthy textures instead of the glitzy metals and plastics I’m used to. Plus, they’re infinitely more sophisticated than my daughter’s hot-pink dollar-store set I’ve been borrowing lately. And uh, they sound a whole lot better. Related: 5 of the best sports headphones for women (and other folks with small ears)     The Rise Up over-ear headphones that we discovered from House of Marley still remain a favorite. They are eco-friendly throughout, from the bamboo cushions...

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These are the Droid headphones you’ve been looking for

I have to tell you that I’m not even the biggest Star Wars fan (I know, I know), but these new Star Wars headphones by SMS Audio might just change my mind. These are actually the 2nd edition of SMS Audio’s Star Wars headphones that were announced at CES 2015 and they’re finally here. So cool, right? I’m really digging the attention to detail, like the distressed metal on R2D2 in particular. Wow. Related: 7 of the cool Star Wars baby gifts They’re definitely on the pricey side, but pretty comparable to higher-end headphones, though based on the reviews of the...

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Can Kokoon EEG wireless headphones help you get better sleep?

Ever since becoming parents, it’s the thing that so many of us crave, covet and perhaps miss the most about our pre-kid lives: sleep, glorious sleep. And on Cool Mom Tech, we’re all about sharing helpful tips and tech for getting better sleep. Because, let’s face it, we’re just better parents — and people — when we get our Zs. Which is why I almost reached into the computer screen to grab these very cool Kokoon EEG Headphones when I stumbled on its Kickstarter campaign that’s in its final hours and absolutely kicking bootie. So if you want one…get on it!...

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Make a splash this summer with the JBL Charge 2+ portable Bluetooth speaker

We’ve covered plenty of portable, Bluetooth speakers here at Cool Mom Tech, but I think the brand new JBL Charge 2+ basically blew all the other ones right out of the water. Heh. The JBL Charge 2+ is already getting plenty of use at our house and summer just started! For its size, I’m impressed with the high-quality stereo sound; you definitely feel the rumble of the bass and the crispness of the high notes without a hint of distortion, even when the volume is pumped way up. And thanks to an ultra-powerful battery, this thing can play for an insane 12...

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Need an excuse to get a Sonos system? Thank your dad for this discount.

If you haven’t heard us gush over the Sonos audio system yet, you must be new here. (Welcome!) We’re huge fans of their smart wireless audio system that only gets better with every app upgrade, so we’re really excited to pass along a super sweet deal that’s perfect for Father’s Day. Starting today, Sonos is offering their two-room Sonos starter set for $349, which is $50 off the regular price. You get two Play:1 speakers, which happen to be a terrific first speaker if you’re new to the brand; or a great addition to smaller rooms. They sound fantastic in a bedroom, or...

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5 of the best sports headphones for women (and other folks with small ears)

What might seem like a small problem, is actually a big pain in the butt. Or maybe pain in the bud? I’m taking about wearing in-ear headphones or earbuds that are too big for your on-the-smaller-side ear holes. It’s not only uncomfortable, but also super annoying when they start dropping out of your ears, especially while you’re working out with headphones — grrrr. Well, good news, my fellow small-ear-canal friends. I’ve done some research, tried lots of earbuds and found 5 of the best sports headphones options for women just like us, whether you’re just looking for something comfy and affordable, or...

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